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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Michael Franti's worldview and his music are so tightly entangled that it's difficult to imagine one existing without the other. So none of his fans could have been all that surprised when Franti returned from a 2004 trip to war-torn regions of Iraq, Israel, and Palestine and subsequently released both I Know I'm Not Alone, a documentary film/DVD based on his travels, and Yell Fire!, his most socially conscious album to date. While Yell Fire! is nothing as precious as a concept album, neither is there a song on the lyrically direct set that doesn't find Franti driving home a point, be it on the precarious state of our planet and those who've rendered it so, or the fragile...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Michael Franti's worldview and his music are so tightly entangled that it's difficult to imagine one existing without the other. So none of his fans could have been all that surprised when Franti returned from a 2004 trip to war-torn regions of Iraq, Israel, and Palestine and subsequently released both I Know I'm Not Alone, a documentary film/DVD based on his travels, and Yell Fire!, his most socially conscious album to date. While Yell Fire! is nothing as precious as a concept album, neither is there a song on the lyrically direct set that doesn't find Franti driving home a point, be it on the precarious state of our planet and those who've rendered it so, or the fragile condition of human relationships and the urgency with which people need to repair them. Recorded in both Kingston, Jamaica the legendary Riddim Twins of reggae, Sly & Robbie, each guest on four tracks, and in San Francisco, Yell Fire! is stacked with deep grooves: the opening "Time to Go Home," "Everyone ona Move," the title track, and "Light Up Ya Lighter" all share a clarity of vision, attitude of great magnitude, and a levels-deep lyrical richness, all while kicking serious rhythmic ass. But even the texturally lighter moments -- the ballads "One Step Closer to You" with harmony vocals by Pink, "Tolerance," and "Is Love Enough?" -- follow through on the album's thread of righteous positivity, no-brainer pacifism, accept-it-or-die tolerance, and the universal unification of spirit. Franti's brain-stimulating songwriting rises to a new level of proficiency here -- the playful "Hello Bonjour" is as much a shout out to truth and justice as the knife-sharp "See You in the Light." If there is a weakness, it's that the arrangements to which Franti's listen-carefully lyrics are set often fall subservient to his boosted-in-the-mix vocals. At times that leaves Spearhead's reggae/funk/dancehall/hip-hop amalgams necessarily shadowed by their leader's real-life, life-affirming commentaries. But never does Yell Fire! suffer for it. What Franti is saying here is what needs to be heard -- sooner than later.
Billboard - Jeff Vrabel
Though Franti puts those fierce politics first, he also neatly distills the diverse styles he's visited throughout an ever-impressive career.
San Francisco Chronicle - Neva Chonin
Most of "Yell Fire!" is a pleasure, with Franti proving again that it's possible to turn speaking truth to power into an exhilarating dance revolution.

Most of "Yell Fire!" is a pleasure, with Franti proving again that it's possible to turn speaking truth to power into an exhilarating dance revolution.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2006
  • Label: Anti
  • UPC: 045778680726
  • Catalog Number: 86807
  • Sales rank: 11,566

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Time to Go Home - Michael Franti (5:10)
  2. 2 Yell Fire - Michael Franti (4:44)
  3. 3 I Know I'm Not Alone - Michael Franti (4:04)
  4. 4 East to the West - Michael Franti (3:56)
  5. 5 Sweet Little Lies - Michael Franti (4:43)
  6. 6 Hello Bonjour - Michael Franti (4:50)
  7. 7 One Steop Closer to You - Michael Franti (4:41)
  8. 8 Hey Now Now - Michael Franti (5:36)
  9. 9 Everybody Ona Move - Michael Franti (5:49)
  10. 10 See You in the Light - Michael Franti (4:18)
  11. 11 Light Up Ya Lighter - Michael Franti (4:57)
  12. 12 What I've Seen - Michael Franti (4:52)
  13. 13 Tolerance - Michael Franti (3:49)
  14. 14 Is Love Enough? - Gentleman (5:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Franti & Spearhead Primary Artist
Michael Franti Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Group Member
Ian Coleman Guitar
Sly Dunbar Drums
Eamonn Flynn Keyboards
Michael Hyde Keyboards
Mannars Itiene Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Robbie Shakespeare Bass, Bass Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Jason Yates Keyboards
Steven "Lenky" Marsden Keyboards
Carl Young Bass, Piano, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Group Member
Julie Marie Violin
Dave Shul Guitar, Group Member
Ade Vocals, La-La
Squidlly Drums, Vocals
Peter Pan Strings, Violin
Anthony Robustelli Keyboards
Lou Jackson Strings, Violin
Roberto Quintana Percussion, Group Member
Gentleman Vocals
Theresa Perez Vocals, La-La
Carlita Background Vocals
Catdawg La-La
Gentleman Vocals
Ralph Street Cello
Zsa Zsa Background Vocals
Julie Marle Violin
J. Bowman Guitar
Technical Credits
Mario Caldato Jr. Engineer
Arne Frager Engineer
Michael Franti Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Mannars Itiene Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Robert Carranza Engineer
Dave Shul Composer
Wonder Knack Cover Photo
Robert Gatley Engineer
Michael VerSteegt Engineer
Randy Miller String Arrangements
J. Bowman Composer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Phenomenal

    Michael Franti's Yell Fire! is an absolutely great album! The music is great - a sort of cross between rock, folk, reggae... The lyrics are heartfelt and contain an important message for those who care about humanity. Consider this the soundtrack to Franti's DVD documentary "I Know I'm Not Alone". Buy them both now! Franti and his message both deserve wider recognition.

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